Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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Friday, October 17, 2008
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
In Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale (part of western Hamilton), NDP and Green voters who want to defeat Harper should vote Liberal, as is clear from earlier election results:
|Con|| CA: 31.6%|
|Con|| CA: 22.9%|
|Con|| CA: 43.1%|
- *In 2000, the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative party had not yet merged, and some of these ridings were differently configured.
This shortly after he had a commercial blow up in his face. Peter Kent, who was once a CTV journalist, ended up having CTV deny that Pamela Wallen and Lloyd Robertson had endorsed him, after he released a video featuring them and implying otherwise (and here).
Given the proliferation of Peter Kent stories, I thought it would be useful to bring them all into one post.
A few weeks ago Dawg and I had a series of questions after it had become clear that Kent had served in various capacities with the anti-Muslim group, the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (on which see here and here and here):
- his radical proposal to the Israeli-Palestinian situation: A three state solution.
- CCD's odd support for the call that a Supreme Court Chief Justice be impeached over the Morgentaler award.
Friday, October 10, 2008
The report finds that Palin "abused her power" illegally.
See Dawg for analysis.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
For the plagiarism-obsessed, you can check these posts:
- Harper's plagiarism of Mike Harris' speech (J-rad)
- Harper dismissed criticisms of this plagiarism
- Ghost-writer admits to copying
- Still more Harper plagiarism, this time about the Wheat Board
- More Harper plagiarism, this time from Mike Harris
- Plagiarism revisited: Mike Harris and Steven Harper duet
- Won't someone please think of the children? (The Harper-Harris plagiarism case)
Monday, October 06, 2008
- A blog has referenced a speech given by Stephen Harper on November 6, 2002 and has suggested that a small portion of that speech was taken from my own writings.
The speech referenced was one that I worked on for Stephen Harper while working for Member of Parliament David Anderson's office in Ottawa in fall of 2002. I distinctly remember this because it was the only speech for Stephen Harper that I worked on.
I am not surprised to see that I used some of the same lines because they were good lines that I used repeatedly in these discussions, both in my work at the Prairie Centre and in my work for David Anderson at the House of Commons.
How, one might wonder does he explain the following. To the right is a section of his speech on the Canadian Wheat Board (Nov. 6, 2002); it copies sections from two essays by Craig Docksteader of The Prairie Policy Centre, a rightwing think tank. (One written in 1998 with the Harper-parallels in yellow, and one in 2002, green).
|Prairie Policy Center, 1998*: |
In the first place, the CWB has no monopoly on world wheat sales. In fact, Canada grows only 5 percent of the world's wheat production and holds only 20 percent of the world wheat export market. This means for every CWB agent out there peddling a bushel of wheat, the competitors are lined up with four times as much wheat to sell. Some monopoly.
The CWB has spent hundreds of thousands of farmers' dollars attempting to justify this myth.Despite their best efforts, however, they've never factored in the lost opportunity costs, the cost of failing to develop niche markets, the cost of inefficiencies in grain transportation and handling stemming from a bureaucratic system which stamps out market signals, the cost of defending the CWB monopoly in international trade disputes, the cost of endless commissions, hearings, studies, and panels on the issue, and the exorbitant cost paid by many farmers to fight the for the basic economic right to sell their own property....
| Harper, Nov. 2002: |
... The fact is the CWB has no monopoly in the context of the world market. Canada grows only 5% of the world's wheat and holds only 18% of the world wheat export market. This means that for every CWB agent out there peddling a bushel of wheat the competitors are lined up with four times as much to sell. That is some monopoly.
Clearly someone has some explaining to do.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Today the Globe and Mail reports that Harper is dismissing the new allegations of plagiarism against him:
- Conservative Leader Stephen Harper brushed off fresh charges of plagiarism Saturday, saying phrases in one of his speeches — lines apparently first spoken by a former Ontario premier — are nothing more than political boilerplate.
Update. BCer in TO wonders whether Conservatives are plagarizing themselves now?.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Well, well. I suppose we should have expected that. Fresh off the news that Stephen Harper's Iraq speech was copied more or less verbatim from that of Australian Prime Minister John Howard, it was bound to happen that people had a look at his other speeches. Sure enough, j-rad has now discovered more evidence of plagiarism, this time from Mike Harris. Several sentences from Harper's speech in Feb. 2003 on the Federal budget are lifted straight out of a speech of Mike Harris to the Montreal Economics Institute.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
- The ballista weighs approx 12 tons so postage or even buyer collection is not an option. Fully built, it is approx 7.5 metres tall and 8.5 metres long.
Originally, this cost over £120,000 to build – so we are only looking for serious bidders.
Our reserve price of £25,000 includes the cost of essential repairs to bring it back to a condition where it could be displayed, and includes delivery to any mainland UK destination.
Please note: if erecting is required at the buyer’s site, it will cost an additional £17,500 to the purchase price. It is essential that the site has adequate space for the crane and space for setting up. This will not fit in your average garden!!
Why would you want one?
- The ballista could be an excellent and unique tourist attraction for a wide range of public venues.
- It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a unique recreation of a Roman war machine.
- If you have aspirations to overthrow a neighbour’s castle, the ballista isn’t ideal, as even though it is potentially capable of throwing a stone ball over 100 yards, it is now not in firing condition. (Please note that even if it were, you would need a team of several skilled operators in order to do this, and these are very hard to find today. You may also find that advances in weaponry since this was designed place you at a considerable disadvantage on the modern battlefield.)
A less expension version (here).